TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Caleb Deschanel

Season 01 | Episode 19

Caleb Deschanel

Director / Cinematographer

Director and cinematographer Caleb Deschanel (Being There, The Right Stuff) sits with Josh and Joe to discuss some of the movies and filmmakers who have inspired him over the years.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Being There (1979)
The Patriot (2000)
El Cid (1961)
Ben Hur (1959)
Breathless (1961)
Contempt (1963)
Hal (2018)
Nosferatu (1922)
Pilgrimage (1933)
The Natural (1984)

Other Notable Items

Caleb’s cinematography mentors were Gordon Willis, Haskell Wexler and Conrad Hall.
Three of the most influential directors of photography to inspire Caleb were French New Wave cinematographer Raoul Coutard (BreathlessContempt), Eugene Schüfftan (The Hustler, Lilith), and Vittorio Storaro (The Last Emperor, The Conformist, Apocalypse Now).
The Godfather Notebook (2016) – Francis Ford Coppola’s notebook during the making of the first film.
This list is also available on Letterboxd.

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About the Podcast

Filmmakers and entertainers discuss the movies that inspired them. Hosted by Oscar nominated screenwriter and TFH Guru Josh Olson and TFH Fearless Leader Joe Dante.

The Movies That Made Me is recorded live in Hollywood and engineered by film composer Don Barrett.

About The Host

Josh Olson was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood. Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, INFESTED, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, but that’s okay.

He has written features and TV shows with Harlan Ellison, Walter Hill, Slash, Willie Nelson, and Mick Jagger. His Village Voice essay “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script” became an internet phenomenon, getting upwards of five million hits.

The ten-part audio drama BRONZEVILLE which he wrote, starring Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Tracee Ellis Ross, Omari Harwicke and Tika Sumpter was a popular and critical hit, and is currently being developed for TV. He and John Brancato (THE GAME) recently wrote and sold the feature spec TRIGGER WARNING, which is being produced by Thunder Road.